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 This Month In Lambton 

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 Bill Weber Acclaimed Lambton County's 158th Warden

Lambton Shores Mayor Bill Weber will be serving a second consecutive term as Lambton County Warden.  Weber was acclaimed to the position by his peers on Lambton County Council earlier this month and will serve as the 158th Warden of Lambton County.  The County Warden is the Head of Council for The Corporation of the County of Lambton.

Warden Weber receiving the keys to the office from 2011-12 Warden Steve Arnold
Warden Weber receiving the keys to the office from 2011-12 Warden Steve Arnold

Warden Weber began his political career as a Councillor for Stephen Township in 1986, was elected Deputy Reeve of that municipality in 1992 and Reeve in 1995.  He served on Huron County Council from 1992-1997.  In 2000, Warden Weber was elected to serve on the newly amalgamated Lambton Shores Council and held the position of Ward 2 Councillor until 2010 when he was elected Mayor of Lambton Shores, a position he was re-elected to in 2014 and 2018.

Warden Weber, a retired dairy farmer, has been married to his wife Ginger for 44 years and together they have three children and five grandchildren.

Enniskillen Township Mayor Kevin Marriott was elected to the position of Deputy Warden.  Deputy Warden Marriott, a cash crop farmer, has served on Enniskillen Township Council for the last 24 years, including seven years as Deputy Mayor and the last seven years as Mayor.

 Habitat and County Celebrate Completion of Seniors' Multiplex

The County of Lambton and Habitat for Humanity Sarnia/Lambton are celebrating the completion of a first-of-its-kind home building project in Canada.

Representatives from the two organizations, along with other community stakeholders, presented house keys to five senior families who are moving in to the recently completed five-unit seniors' multiplex on Guthrie Drive in Sarnia.

Habitat for Humanity key ceremony

This is the third time in three years the County and Habitat have partnered together on a home building project.  The partnership sees volunteers in receipt of Ontario Works participate in the build alongside Habitat personnel and other community volunteers, receiving hands-on experience aimed at enhancing their employable skillsets while benefitting from community involvement.

The multiplex represents the first time a Canadian Habitat affiliate has purpose-built housing for seniors.  The build helps the County meet the objectives of its 10-year Housing & Homelessness Plan, through the creation of new and innovative community partnerships designed to address housing gaps in Sarnia/Lambton.

 County Purchases Former CIBC Building in Downtown Sarnia

The County of Lambton has purchased the former CIBC building located at 190 Front Street North in Sarnia. The purchase for the 8,180 square foot facility, at $1.025 million, closed in late November. The County-owned and operated Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery already occupies the second floor of the building pursuant to a lease agreement with CIBC, a lease that will terminate on account of the County's purchase of the property.

Staff will spend the coming weeks evaluating the best fits for use of the facility's ground floor and expect renovations to begin in the New Year.  From 1877 until shortly before its sale to the County, the property had been continuously owned and operated as a Bank of Commerce, then a CIBC branch.

 Lambton's Creative County Committee Awards 2019 Funding

Lambton's Creative County Grant Program will be supporting 23 local arts, cultural, and heritage projects in 2019. At a recent meeting, the Creative County Committee approved $126,325 in funding support, contributing to an estimated investment of over $1.47M in local cultural investment by various community organizations. The next application intake is scheduled for the fall of 2019, and will support initiatives taking place during the year 2020. For more information about Lambton's Creative County Grant Program, visit www.lambtononline.ca and click on the "Creative County" tab under the "Residents" heading.

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 Holiday Hours

County Council and staff wish to extend warmest holiday wishes to all Lambton residents this season.  Many County facilities will be closed on Tuesday, December 25 and Wednesday, December 26 to celebrate the Christmas and Boxing Day holidays and Tuesday, January 1 to celebrate New Year's Day.  Please phone ahead if you plan to visit a facility over the holidays.  Happy Holidays from the County of Lambton!

holiday display at the County Administration Building in Wyoming

 Accessibility Finder

The County's Accessibility Advisory Committee is inviting the public to discover its new Accessibility Finder. Found through the County's website, LambtonOnline.ca, accessibility finder provides map-based listings of properties in which the County operates and the accessibility features of each facility. Listings include the availability of features such as ground level entrances, mobility device charging stations, large print books, and access to nearby public transit. To access this tool, click on the Accessibility tab found at LambtonOnline.ca.

accessibility in Council Chambers

 Smoke and CO Alarms Save Lives

All dwellings in Ontario are required by law to have a working smoke alarm on every floor and outside all sleeping areas.  Did you know that carbon monoxide alarms are also required in most dwellings? You cannot see or smell carbon monoxide.  People exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide can slip into unconsciousness and die.

CO detector

There are sad instances of entire families perishing in their homes due to carbon monoxide exposure.  If you or your family develop symptoms such as headache, dizziness, fatigue, confusion, increased heart rate and rapid breathing, leave the building immediately and call 9-1-1.  Please visit EmergenciesLambton.ca for more information.

 Community that Cares

Lambton Public Health, in partnership with Age-Friendly Sarnia, is promoting a new campaign called Community that Cares, designed to support an aging population by connecting people and lending a helping hand.

Community that Cares aims to inspire community members to give back by making meaningful connections, and paying it forward in their everyday life. The potential benefits are endless, including development of useful skills, team building, reduced stress and satisfaction.

caring seniors

Building a Community that Cares goes beyond any one person or organization. Lambton Public Health and Age-Friendly Sarnia may be able to support your work so your current efforts have an even greater impact and inspire even more people to get involved.

Ways to be involved with Community that Cares: 

  • Host mini challenges or initiatives that give back to the community (i.e. donations, volunteered time, fundraising, etc.)
  • Join the Community that Cares subcommittee. Contact Jennifer Graham at jennifer.graham@county-lambton.on.ca.
  • Share your amazing, innovative ideas that your organization can implement. We'd love to support you!

 

Learn more a: bit.do/CommunitythatCares.

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 Looking Ahead

Warden Bill Weber
Warden Bill Weber
County of Lambton

9 a.m., Jan. 16 - Committee A.M.
1 p.m., Jan. 16 - Committee P.M.
9:30 a.m., Feb. 6 - Lambton County Council
9 a.m., Feb 20. - Committee A.M.
11:30 a.m., Feb. 20 - Release of Draft 2019 Budget
1 p.m., Feb. 20 - Committee P.M.

Agendas for past and present Committee and Council meetings is available here.  Open Sessions of Lambton County Council are streamed live and are also available for archival viewing for a period of one year by clicking on the "Streamed Council Meetings" tab on the County's home page.

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